First LCD HDTV Focused On Small Viewing Market
Not all liquid crystal display monitors are high definition nor are all wide screen televisions high definition monitors. High definition televisions use digital quality signals from a broadcaster and LCD HDTVs were the first to incorporate the high definition technology into video viewing. When the LCD HDTV first hit the market, the technology allowed the largest sets to be under 25-inches, measured diagonally. When plasma technology first hit the market, it was limited to about 42-inch monitors, leaving the LCD market for the smaller viewing needs.
Despite having a solid foothold in the computer and medical monitor industry, increasing the available picture options for LCD HDTV quickly began to take up the battle against the plasma manufacturers. Today, LCD HDTV monitors are available in screens over 100-inches. Many uses include sports displays and for advertising, as well as for home viewing of television programming.
When the plasma televisions first arrived in the stores, the prices were keeping them out of the homes of most consumers. Pricing was attributed to being the newest wave of technology along with a lack of competition from the big screen makers. With the size increases made by new technology, LCD HDTV sets began to take a big bite out of the big screen market.
Pros And Cons Exist With Both Technologies
Whether a person is looking for plasma or LCD technology, there are similar issues with both. However, LCD HDTV technology has been around for several years longer than plasma and many of the initial bugs have been exterminated. They both brag about an increased viewing width, not available with many projection screen sets as well as high resolution and brilliant colors.
LCD HDTV still has a minor issue with display true black images, but most of the loss measured in the darker spectrum will likely be unnoticed by the human eye. They both require special handling and can be destroyed if dropped or severely bumped. They are both high tech devices and require the respect they deserve to preserve their operating life.
The LCD HDTV sets are filled with liquid crystal, which can be damaged if exposed to extreme weather, as can the gases in a plasma television, but the gases in plasma have to be heated before they can be seen clearly and it may take a few seconds longer for them to warm up. Screens on a LCD HDTV are closer to instant on technology.